It’s really been grand

You made it! The wrapping papers been cleared away, the roast beast leftovers have been packed away, and the fire may be burning low in the grate. (Or you have finally turned off the yule log and poured yourself a drink.)

However, if you’ve sat through a day of being asked about your future, you may want to curl up with your favorite screen and a movie where things are bound to work out well because, well, they’re written that way. So refresh your drink, maybe grab a nosh and settle in for a long winter’s veg.

Movies are presented in no particular order, and trailers may include spoilers.

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

If you like You’ve Got Mail, then you really ought to watch the original. The story’s slightly different, and instead of email, Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan do this crazy thing where they hand write letters to each other. Madness, I tell you.

Watch: Amazon | YouTube

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Mistaken identities, roaming cows, a joyride in a stolen sleigh: The hijinks of the 1940s, amirite? But Barbara Stanwyck is a force to be reckoned with as she tries to save her job and not fall for the fella she just met – who’s a guest of her fiancé.

Watch: Amazon | YouTube

Never Say Goodbye (1947)

I hope you have some crackers left over from tonight’s appetizers because this movie’s bringing the cheese. But if you can bear to overlook the excessive optimism, there are worse ways to spend an hour and a half than watching Errol Flynn make an ass of himself.

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

While not technically a holiday movie, the major scenes do take place between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Also, I’m loathe to admit it, but I think finding a Billy Crystal is a lot easier than finding an Errol Flynn or Jimmy Stewart – or even a Meg Ryan, if that’s your preference.

Watch: Amazon

The Sure Thing (1985)

If you like: 10 Things I Hate About You, John Cusack, classic 90210, or Edie from Desperate Housewives, this movie is for you. Conversely, if you’ve ever wondered what Harry and Sally were like while they were in college, this is the movie for you. My point is, you should watch this movie. (Full disclosure: I love it so much I even managed to reference it in a short story I wrote.)

Die Hard (1988)

Bear with: First, this movie takes place during Christmas. Second, everything John does is in the pursuit of saving his wife. Third, they reconcile at the end. It’s the perfect blend of romance and senseless violence. After all, Pat Benatar was not wrong: Love is a battlefield.

Watch: YouTube | Amazon

If all else fails, Love Actually should be on cable at least twice between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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